East Lansing, MI in City Guide Posted September 4 On 4/9/2020 at 9:30 PM, Amandelqamar said: I will start my PhD in Chemistry in Michigan State, however as I am looking for a place to rent I don't know what should be my limit for the rent as I couldn't find any average cost of living. They told me that ''The current annualized stipend for first year graduate students is $25,924, paid on a bi-weekly basis.(for 2019-2020) '' and '' Based on the anticipated increase, a 12-month stipend for the 2020-2021 academic year will be $26,442. ''. But I also couldn't find any information about taxes as I am an international student. If anyone with experience would help me, I would be glad ^.^ Are you looking for a house or an apartment? Houses are typically 700-1200 per month, depending on how close to campus the house is. The apartments around campus can be a little more pricey. The ones along grand river are very expensive, especially for a studio or 1 bed 1 bath are about 1100-1200 per month. As you get further away, prices start to drop some more, so if you have a car I'd recommend doing that.